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Leishman wins at WGC-Match Play, Day out

Marc Leishman credits an emergency swing tune-up from long-time Australian coach Denis McDade for his unbeaten form at the $US10.25 million World Golf Championships-Match Play in Texas.

Leishman easily accounted for Bryson DeChambeau in Friday's third round at Austin Country Club, beating the American star 5 and 4.

His third straight match win earned him a ticket to Saturday's round of 16.

Leishman put his perfect record down to McDade, who remained in the US after the world No.18 missed the cut at the recent Players Championship.

The Victorian admitted he "couldn't make contact with the centre of the clubface" at Florida's TPC Sawgrass and needed a quick tutorial.

"At the Players, I didn't have a clue where it was going. I was hitting everything thin ... Denis has coached me for 18 years. He saw an issue straight away and fixed it within half an hour," Leishman said.

"My stance was too narrow and that had moved my ball position and I was hitting them thin."

Leishman is confident of going deep at the $US10.25 WGC-Match Play.

He now faces 2010 British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen in the first knockout round and knows the South African's match play pedigree makes him a threat.

"Louis is a great player, so it's going to be a tough match," Leishman said.

Leishman was the only Australian to make it out of the pool stage, with Jason Day and Cameron Smith out of contention before their third rounds began.

Both had lost their opening two pool clashes to seal their fate.

Former world No.1 Day, a two-time WGC-Match Play winner, lost his dead-rubber clash with Phil Mickelson while Smith fell 4 and 3 to England's Paul Casey.

Meanwhile, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy will meet in a made-for-television match on Saturday morning.

Woods holed out from the fairway for a stunning eagle at the par-4 13th during his 4-and-2 win over American youngster Patrick Cantlay.

Four-time major winner McIlroy, the 2015 WGC-Match Play winner, defeated England's Matthew Fitzpatrick 4 and 2.

ROUND OF 16 MATCHES

Lucas Bjerregaard vs Henrik Stenson

Rory McIlroy vs Tiger Woods

Matt Kuchar vs Tyrrell Hatton

Branden Grace vs Sergio Garcia

Marc Leishman vs Louis Oosthuizen

Haotong Li vs Kevin Kisner

Francesco Molinari vs Paul Casey

Justin Rose vs Kevin Na

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